May 8, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Michigan State softball team (26-24, 5-11 Big Ten) split its season series with Ohio State on Sunday, May 8 in Columbus, Ohio. After having game two halted in the top of the fourth last night with MSU leading, 7-0, the Spartans wound up concluding the game after five innings with the 12-2 advantage. Game two, the Buckeyes narrowly edged out the Green and White with a 1-0 win.
Senior Lindsey Hansen recorded the first run of game one with her 20th homer of the season to right center field. Hansen's hit gave a glimpse of the Spartans' offense to come later in the game.
MSU recorded three additional runs in the top of the third to give it a 4-0 lead. Junior Lauren Kramer drew a bases loaded walk to bring in classmate Ali Grant on the play. Still with the bases loaded, junior Brett Williams hit into a fielder's choice, however junior Lori Padilla score from third with the throw to third. Williams wound up scoring the final run of the inning on a wild pitch for the third run of the frame.
The Green and White put the contest out of hand in the top of the fourth with four additional runs. Senior Heidi Purtzer singled down the left field line to bring in both Padilla and Grant who led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Purtzer ended up as the third run of the inning when sophomore Jenny Ramsaier singled to center to score in the third run. The Spartans created a bases loaded situation for junior Melanie Bensema. With the count 2-0, Bensema was hit by the pitch to bring in freshman Sarah Bowling, give MSU the 8-0 lead.
The second four-running inning occurred in the top of the fifth for Michigan State. After Padilla led off the inning with a bunt single, Hansen tripled to right center to bring in Padilla from first. Hansen ended up crossing home with Purtzer reaching base on a throwing error by the shortstop. MSU created its third bases loaded situation of the contest after walks to Bowling and Ramsaier. The third straight walk occurred with senior Karen Fox was at the plate, bring in Purtzer from third with two outs. Grant drew a unprecedented fourth straight walk, bringing home Bowling for the 12th run of the game.
The Buckeyes were held scoreless until the fifth inning when with two outs, Dee De Hillman and Julia Pecina scored when Alicia Herron reached base on an error at second. MSU got the third out of the inning with a liner to second.
Earning the win in 4.0 innings of work for MSU was freshman Cassee Layne. Layne kept the Buckeyes scoreless on two hits while striking out six batters faced. Sophomore Shelby Wise pitched the final inning for the Green and White, allowing two runs on one hit.
Kasie Kelly only went 2.1 innings for the Buckeyes in game one. In time within the circle, Kelly allowed four runs on four hits. Brittany Goodchild went an additional 2.0 innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits. Audrey Plant pitched the final 0.2 of the contest, giving up one run.
Michigan State looked to carry its momentum over into game two; however it only managed to recorded two hits in the game.
Evelyn Carillo singled in the only run of game two with a hit to left field to bring home Herron.
MSU's top offensive opportunity occurred in the top of the second. After Bowling popped up to short as the lead-off batter, Ramsaier drew a full-count walk for the first base runner of the inning for the Spartans. Sophomore Kylene Hopkins doubled to right center to advance Ramsaier to third and give Michigan State a second and third situation with one out. The Spartans, however, were unable to capitalize on the opportunity as the next two batters went down in order.
Karisa Medrano earned her eighth win of the season with her complete-game shutout. In 7.0 innings of work, Medrano recorded seven strikeouts while only allowing two MSU hits.
Layne took the loss for the Spartans, falling to 14-15 this season. In 5.0 innings of action, Layne allowed one run on six hits. Wise pitched the final 1.0 inning of action and only gave up one hit while striking out one batter faced.
MSU returns home to host Purdue on Wednesday, May 11th for a doubleheader slated to begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday's contest, which was originally scheduled to be played on April 20, marks the first three of four straight games at home for the Spartans to close out the 2011 season. Both games will have free audio streamed for live at SpartanSportsNetwork.com.